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Circus and Changing Realities 2020 –Adaptation & Sustainability in Circus

Welcome to Circus and Changing Realities 2020–A Series of Virtual Dialogues about the Future of CircusThis episode is titled Adaptation & Sustainability in Circus.

For this panel, the moderators considered Jem Bendell’s work on Deep Adaptation using what he calls the four r’s (resilience, relinquishment, restoration and reconciliation) to explore what we can do differently in the face of the coming climate catastrophe.How they framed these questions for circus:

  • What about circus do we really want to keep and how do we keep it?

  • What can we let go of? What might we have to let go of and how can we make peace with that?

  • Are there things about circus that we can say good riddance to?

  • What might we want to add or change?

  • What are some aspects of circus that we don’t see much of that could be beneficial if implemented more widely?

  • Are there things from circus past that would be beneficial to revive?

  • How might we prepare circus artists differently for the future?

Moderators

Panelists

Thank you to all of the panelists who joined us and stay tuned for follow-up panel discussions!

Eliana Dunlap
Circus Artist, Podcaster -United States
Eliana Dunlap is a 2012 graduate of the NECCA ProTrack program, a 2016 graduate of l’École de Cirque de Québec and is currently studying Anthropology and Environmental Sustainability through Southern New Hampshire University. She is the founder of the Circus Action Network and hosts the podcast Changing the World and Other Circus Related Things, two initiatives that aim to foster dialogue and exploration at the intersection of social and environmental justice and the circus arts.
Sonya Gurwitt
Circus Artist, Writer -United States
Sonya Gurwitt is a collaborator with the Circus Action Network. She fell in love with circus at the age four when she attended her first circus show, and has been training, performing, and continuing to see shows ever since. In 2017, Sonya graduated from Brown University, where she studied environmental studies and creative writing.

Eliana Dunlap

Eliana Dunlap is a 2012 graduate of the NECCA ProTrack program, a 2016 graduate of l’École de Cirque de Québec and is currently studying Anthropology and Environmental Sustainability through Southern New Hampshire University. She is the founder of the Circus Action Network and hosts the podcast Changing the World and Other Circus Related Things, two initiatives that aim to foster dialogue and exploration at the intersection of social and environmental justice and the circus arts.

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